WCLOUD 2013 Abstracts


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Paper Nr: 2
Title:

Cloud-based Learning Environments: Investigating Learning Activities Experiences from Motivation, Usability and Emotional Perspective

Authors:

Rocael Hernández Rizzardini, Hector Amado-Salvatierra and Christian Guetl

Abstract: Cloud education environments consider all the cloud services, such as Web 2.0 applications, content, or infrastructure services. These services form an e-learning ecosystem which can be built upon the learning objectives and the preferences of the learner group. A great variety of existing cloud services might be re-purposed for educational activities and it can be taken advantage from already widely used services without steep learning curves on their adoption. In this article is presented the design, deployment and evaluation of learning activities using cloud applications and services. The experiences presented here are from Galileo University in Guatemala with students from three different countries in Central America and Spain. This study reports findings from motivational attitudes, emotional aspects and usability perception. Selected cloud-based tools were used for the different learning activities in three courses in various application domains. These activities include collaboration, knowledge representation, storytelling activities and social networking. Experimentation results obtained aim to demonstrate that students are eager to use and have new and more interactive ways of learning, which challenges their creativity and group organization skills, while professors have a growing interest on using new tools and resources that are easy to use, mix and reuse. Thus, future research should focus on incentives for motivating participation as well as on providing systems with high usability, accessibility and interoperability that are capable of doing learning orchestration.

Paper Nr: 3
Title:

A Knowledge Map Tool for Supporting Learning in Information Science

Authors:

Helmut Vieritz, Hans-Christian Schmitz, Effie Lai-Chong Law, Maren Scheffel, Daniel Schilberg and Sabina Jeschke

Abstract: Large classes at universities (>1600 students) create their own challenges for teaching and learning. Audience feedback is lacking and fine tuning of lectures, courses and exam preparation to address individual needs is very difficult to achieve. At RWTH Aachen University, a course concept and a knowledge map learning tool aimed to support individual students to prepare for exams in information science through theme-based exercises were developed and evaluated. The tool was grounded in the notion of self-regulated learning with the goal of enabling students to learn independently.

Paper Nr: 4
Title:

Integrating Cloud Services to Support the Formation of Informal Learning Groups

Authors:

Adam Giemza, Marc Jansen and H. Ulrich Hoppe

Abstract: Cloud Services like Google Drive, Brainstormer, Doodle are meanwhile frequently used as tools for learning in various contexts. They provide storage facilities, production tools and particularly also coordination support. The management of these heterogeneous tools is a challenge for the individual users as well as for the usage in groups. This paper presents a mobile application to support the learners in the formation of informal learning groups and integrates heterogeneous cloud services to support group formation and further group work in a campus environment. Furthermore, this paper tackles the ambiguity of the term cloud application and tries to provide a definition and discusses the process of bringing the Brainstormer web application into the cloud for integration with the mobile application.

Paper Nr: 5
Title:

Investigating Self-Regulated Learning in the Workplace

Authors:

Alexander Mikroyannidis, Teresa Connolly and Glyn Owen

Abstract: Self-Regulated Learning, as well as its enabling technologies Personal Learning Environments and Cloud Learning Environments, signify an important shift in the "status quo" of eLearning. These novel learning technologies enable learners to adjust their learning environment and process to their particular needs and aspirations. This paper investigates workplace learning within a wide variety of business sectors in the UK. The scope of this investigation is to determine the current status regarding the adoption of Self-Regulated Learning in the workplace, as well as the opportunities for the deployment of Personal and Cloud Learning Environments.

Paper Nr: 6
Title:

Integrating Various Cloud Computing Services in a Collaborative Geo-referenced Learning Scenario

Authors:

Nelson Baloian, Gustavo Zurita and Ulrich Hoppe

Abstract: Some of the main characteristics of Cloud Computing are reliability, scalability and ubiquity. This makes it especially suitable to support large groups on learning activities that require computer support in various settings, in and outside the classroom. In this work, we first analyze the use of Google Maps for supporting a learning activity in an urban environment, concluding that some important features are missing. We then propose an approach for taking advantage of cloud computing services for learning activities by integrating different services in a new application.. A general architecture explaining this approach and a design for such an application as example are finally presented.